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7 tips for working with a recruiter in your job search


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When you’re searching for a new job, working with a skilled recruiter can make all the difference.  A recruiter can open doors to dream roles and companies, provide advice on building your profile and improving your interview techniques, and most importantly, provide valuable insights into the needs of the company that you won’t find in the job ad.

If it’s the first time you’ve worked with a recruiter, here’s how to make the most of your partnership and foster a positive relationship.


Have a clear goal for what you want

Defining your career goals before starting out on a job search will help identify what you want to accomplish, and how you’re going to get there. Being clear on what you want will save you a lot of time too by not submitting applications and sitting through interviews for roles that won’t help you achieve your goals or that you don’t really want. Be sure to convey this to your recruiter so you’re both working towards the same goal.

Keep your details current

Your resume and LinkedIn profile will be the first thing a recruiter looks at when you connect, so be sure they are both up to date with skills and experience to help the process progress quickly.

Be transparent

Don’t hold back on providing the details behind several positions in a short time frame or extended gaps in employment for example. Knowing this background information helps your recruiter validate the reasons and determine how to best present you to future employers.

Trust your recruiter

A skilled recruiter will not only know what they are doing, but have the contacts to help you navigate your job search. So trust them to guide you through the process and know that they it’s in their best interests to find you a role you’re happy with as they don’t get paid until you do.

Be open to constructive criticism

Recruiters can be a great source of information, resources and tips for improving your job search and building your personal brand – so be open to receiving this feedback, or request it upfront.

Track your submissions

If you’re applying for a lot of roles and with multiple recruiters or job sites, it’s easy to loose track of them and be caught off-guard when called to interview. A quick and easy way to keep track is to drop them into a spreadsheet with a reference or note next to them on where you applied or the agency contact name.

Keep in touch

Even after you’ve been placed, if you’ve formed a good working relationship with your recruiter, make the effort to stay in touch as you never know when you may cross paths again. Offering referrals within the industry is a great reason to reach out (and a welcomed one!) and many will often keep you up to date with industry knowledge and events that will help your career growth in the long term.

Working with a recruiter can make a real difference to the success of your job search, saving you time and getting a foot in the door to opportunities you may not have found on your own. You can read you about our own recruitment process here and check out the current vacancies in Melbourne’s construction sector here – or register as a job seeker and let’s make a time to see if we’re a good fit for your job search!

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